Michael Sauter
October 23, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Babe

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
John Goodman, Kelly McGillis
director
Arthur Hiller
distributor
Universal
genre
Biography, Sports

We gave it a C+

Drinking, brawling, belching, and worse, John Goodman gives a full-bodied performance as Yankee legend Babe Ruth. He also gives us glimpses of the enormously sad man beneath that boisterous image. Yet, despite its warts-and-all intentions, The Babe isn’t really that different from those cornball baseball biopics of yesteryear. In the end, it still wants to celebrate the same old Ruthian feats: pointing to the center-field bleachers, then hitting the ball out there; blasting two home runs for poor Johnny in the hospital; hitting three home runs in Ruth’s final game. Of course, he didn’t really hit three home runs in his final game; that’s just one of several facts the filmmakers have fudged for grander impact. Worse than The Babe‘s dramatic license is its lack of any real point of view — or insight. Rent this tape on a Sunday night, and you’ll feel as if you’re watching the movie of the week. C+

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